Critically Endangered, a census in Feb 2000 found only between 22-27 Amur or Far Eastern Leopards left in the wild. Found in southern Russia and northern China these animals are superbly adapted for the harsh winters of these parts of the world. They have long fur and a layer of fat on their flanks and belly for insulation. They are excellent climbers and swimmers.
The main threat to the region is the exploration and exploitation of oil and natural gases. Increased Middle East instability, effective technology that can survive the cold and the high demand for fossil fuels, puts this wonderful animal’s habitat under increasing pressure.
As you will see from others in my portfolio, I am quite fond of big cats! This image is also available as a colour version. Please let me know if you are interested.